Women’s History Month 2012: Jessica Flaherty

I wrote in earlier blog posts about my transition from Trinidad to Boston and how difficult that was for me. I wrote about how I was starved for meaningful social interaction, reaffirmation of my identities, new friends and how I picked up smoking. I wrote briefly about the crazy things I’d done during my high…

Women’s History Month 2012: Margaret Sanger

The war over women’s bodies is fiercely raging. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here are some recent excerpts from mainstream media sources; Foster Friess, a prominent backer of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, raised eyebrows Thursday when he offered up his own idea for a possible contraceptive method: “This contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s…

Women’s History Month 2012: Michelle Rhee

I never thought I would work in education. Ever. Throughout high school and college I had some of the most positive educators in my life but I didn’t give the idea much thought. I was way too enthralled by the realm of Public Health, more importantly, sexual health. In my eyes, there was no cause…

Women’s History Month 2012: Beach Pace

When I decided to commit to City Year San José/Silicon Valley I had no knowledge of the people on the ground. I didn’t really care. In my mind I was giving up a year of my life to work in an underserved community and then getting out. Period. I had no idea that it would be…

Lessons from the Idealist’s Journey

I have recently embarked on my third year serving with a fantastic organization that has been steadily gaining traction over the past 22 years: City Year. I think back to 2 years ago with an ever-impending deadline approaching (college graduation) and not having the most clear idea regarding what I wanted to do with my…

Coming Back

I remember when I first walked in to the City Year San José/Silicon Valley office on W. Santa Clara Avenue in San José. The feeling of welcome, happiness, and most importantly belonging. I knew that I would want to stay with this organization for a long time.   I began my first year of service…

Getting Equal (Healthcare)

We don’t know nearly enough about the health outcomes of the LGBT community. In fact we know nearly nothing at all. Recently the National Institutes for Health (NIH) put out a request to the Institute of Medicine (IoM) to find out exactly how much is known about LGBT health. The answer? Not a whole lot….

Sexual Health Sunday: Get Tested

During my senior year of college I had the opportunity to take one of the best classes my school had to offer; Health Psychology. In this class we talked about the psychology of public health and different models that could be used to alter people’s attitudes toward their own wellbeing. In one assignment we were…

Service Is An Act of Love

One of the first things you lose during your City Year is perspective. At this crucial point in the year we pause to reflect on our service up to this point to gain the perspective we’ve lost over the past 6 months.

Sexual Health Sunday: 3 Things We Lose Without Planned Parenthood

  Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1942 (1941 if you’re being technical), Planned Parenthood has become an iconic representation of a sex-positive organization that promotes “a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.” Last week the U.S….

Pardon The Interruption

I’m angry. I’m disillusioned. I’m cynical. With that said, I’m idealistic, motivated, and I like to think of myself as a catalyst for change. Today, November 2nd, represented a chance for 300 million Americans to voice their opinion regarding the country’s current state of affairs. It represented a chance to use a right bestowed upon…

We’re Still Here…

HIV/AIDS turned 30 a couple years ago and because of medicines many folks are living longer but what about my brothers and sisters who are still over-represented in the reported HIV/AIDS data. Black and African American folks are no more likely to engage in risky behavior than our White and Latino peers but we’re accessing prevention efforts and staggeringly low rates…why? Folks aren’t listening to us, they don’t know where we’re coming from…all this in an age where ‘Diversity’ and ‘Cultural Competence’ are words du jour.